A few weeks ago (and sadly only two post ago) I mentioned that I have been on the hunt for a bookcase for my son's room. He is quite the collector and creator, and has been in need of a place to stash/display his treasures/creations. On Mother's Day weekend I managed to sneak out of the house for a little "me time" at my favorite local thrift store. Within 10 minutes I spotted exactly what I had been looking for, this smallish mid century hutch priced at $30! I forgot to take a picture of it before I took off the glass sliding doors, back panel and hardware - but you get the idea. It was pretty dinged up and was beyond refinishing so I decided to paint it to match my son's bed. After carefully prying off the back panel and removing all of the hardware (which has practically yellow with age - I used Bar Keepers Friend to clean it), I sanded the hutch then cleaned it with deglosser. I painted it with Benjamin Moore Aura Paint (the color is Old Navy) using a foam roller brush as well as a paint brush for the corners.
I wanted to do something fun with the back panel and considered painting stenciling it like I did on this larger hutch in my dining room. Since the it will be home to my son's treasures I decided to cover the panel with a map (get it? treasure map...). I found an affordable world map on Amazon ($20) that was the perfect size. After trimming the map to fit the panel I attached it using Elmer's Spray adhesive. I reattached the panel to the hutch using upholstery nails.
So without further adieu...here's a few shots of the Before: